After the hiatus of about 1 year since the publishing of the single “No Reply” (featuring Christina Elisabeth Reichsthaler), go nogo release their first proper album “Main Course” on their home base label Emerald & Doreen. The whole recording process spun over 2 years during which Fred Scholl was looking for the right producer which he eventually found in Manfred Führling, formerly a Tech House enthusiast who brought a lot of analogue gear and great engineer skills to the table. Saying that, he surely had a huge impact on the way the record ended up sounding much more electronic and eventful. Nevertheless, the 8 songs would not shine in the go nogo catalogue as a distinct piece of work if it wasn’t for Eric Schemer’s Indie flavored guitar bravura. The groove department has advanced beyond the regular four to the floor formula which is also at work in “And The Devil 2” or “Breaking News”. But you can hear beats that have their roots in Alternative R’n’B (“Caravan”), Electronica (“Not To be Missed”) and Breakbeat (“Room Too Small”), all held together by the distinctive singing of Fred Scholl, which has recently been compared to the 80s legend Lloyd Cole by label compiler Jerry Bouthier (Kitsuné Maison). Lyrical themes deal with contemporary issues of digital angst and social media abuse (“None of Your Business”), the advertiser’s roles of creating needs (“Lost In Confusion”) or the challenge of staying authentic in a world of levelling (“Dare”). The Songs have interludes that stress a certain fancy for experimental music, working against the formulaic idioms of songwriting.
no reply describes the situtaion in which two lovers motivate themselves in breaking up, feeling the disengagement has started a long time ago. it creeps in with christina’s yearning for solace, when she is about to embark on a trainride back home. while the train of thoughts keep going, markus is answering with the second chorus, that he in return senses that break-up too. As he expects the soon to be ex-lover is returning home, he feels like going back to prison after being free out on bail. ‚no reply‘ depicts the moment of facing each other for that BIG TALK of making an end. the music sketches that feeling by juxtapositioning hazy shoegazer-ish padsounds and a driving off-beat pulse that – like a train – adds a certain urge to an otherwise dreamy and melancholic affair.
cruel is a reflection on the human condition and inhumane ideas about defending a terrestial identity. the topic of circumstancial cruelty, when the worst in man is laid bare, is an ongoing theme in markus’ lyrics. having encountered and talked to refugees, he raises the question how it would feel to walk in their shoes. in the history of man, the idea of a solidarity becomes just an ideal which we think about only as long as we don’t have to sacrifice anything dear to us – like our religious belief – a strange anchor for an agnostic like scholl. the music is actually rather soothing and joyous, built on ringing chords and glitchy beat variations. as soon as the bridge is gaining momentum with a steadfast beat and the chorus opens up with a ceremonial choir, the harmonies almost ridicule the bitter lyrics.
since 2012, go nogo have released a string of single tracks, which in the company of many assorted remixers have gained wide recognition.
In many many cases, renowned collars, such as acid washed skatebard, kaito or woolfy contributed versions, which were more than supportive for the original tunes. eric schemer and markus ‚fred‘ scholl have now decided, that the time has come to let five originals speak for themselves. many songs accumulated over the years of which they have picked five to demonstrate go nogo’s full range of variety and influences. every single tune tells a tale, wrapped up in sounds to support their narrative character – starting with the zap noise of changing tv channels in new folks and ending with the NASA-data check-up in apollo go. singer and producer markus ‚fred‘ scholl paints musical pictures by using eric’s electronically manipulated guitars on a shoegazerish canvas, adding dubbed out sounds, grounded by different beats at various speed levels.
having deviated from their usual procedure of delivering one track with a selection of remixes, go nogo’s recent e.p. new folks was the duo’s first original only-release. So here you go with a separate remix-selection from all the originals.
the first offering comes from the drummer of British electro-pop giants OMD, mal holmes who delivers a synth-poppy-catchy-as-catch-can rendition with a lustre, opening the gates to a wider audience. ummagma manage to put their shoegazerish stamp onto new folks masterfully. out of a recurring sigh, the tracks builds and builds until a tight groove and a raspy synth-bass kick in. another duo which debuted on emerald & doreen is go satta. they hit the nail to the head with a fantastic blend of disco, electronica, dub, and funk. their hold on the original new folks is a warm, breezy sing-a-long- type of tune in the early kid loco-vein. japanese electronica wizard haioka twisted some knobs to turn the already bewildering sweet lullaby into a woozy mantra. low-pitched vocals, sombre pad sounds, bell-like synth hits, backward loops, and a drag-like beat set the mood for a melancholic masterpiece. chilean prodigy statickman has his trademark chops in full effect when re-creating let it show to become a futuristic disco-vamp. the tune is vibrtaing with lush motifs that hail from the vaults of analogue synth heaven.
the sound of revelation according to go nogo doesn’t need no fallen angel or some beast to ravage the world. what sounds much like aleister crowley’s dark satanic verses unveils itself as a brooding indiedance-tune that will eventually turn into an uplifting anthem. hook-driven as it may seem, and the devil 2 raises some philosophical questions and ponders over the laws of nature. although again different in texture, the key elements of go nogo are full in effect: delayed rhythm guitars, chords from an electric bass, trance-like synth-patterns and a singer who’s trading tonality for attitude. here are 3 remixes and a cover version, all different in approach, all in a different mood, but altogether hellish stuff. the first goes by the name of david bucka who has erased almost all of the verse in favor of a solid house tune. it’s is still close to the original but clarified by a steady bass-line concept and repetitive elements which you need in a club context. hard to believe, but copycat takes the sinister verse lines to the beach of rimini.
after a couple of months sad turned out to be a happy ending in terms of approval for many listeners, go nogo embark on a new journey. whereas its predecessor had sort of a broken beat element paired with delayed 16th notes on eric’s guitar, things ain’t right is very downbeat and smoothly build around an acoustic backdrop. strings and rhodes make a solemn appeal to the listener and markus ‚fred‘ scholl’s singing is again in line with the hymnal character of sad, but this time in a joyous vein. the lonely smoker remodels the central rhodes chords around a chill house groove that will eventually turn on the sun when it’s dark outside. mattzid’s go slow version will take you back to the days of stereo deluxe-fame. just made for the lounge-chair-lovers. In contrast, london-based evil zed drops some U.K. – breakbeat science and delivers an oldschool spin that you would not expect. patrick talmann takes us back to a classic deep house-bounce spun around the balearic guitar-motif. last but not least, keen house’s version turns into a track of its own right, thus we renamed it to take off…. fasten your seatbelt!
the first emerald & doreen release of 2013 will hit all digital stores in march. sad by go nogo is by no means a heavyhearted affair, but a hymnal shoegazerish anthem that crosses territories of experimental indie stuff and broken beat electronica. imagine radiohead and foals in an xx-mood. the four track e.p. is loaded with remixes from the top drawer of electronic music:
acid washed (recordmakers) deliver a psychedelic trip you can dance to. they maintain the original flow, thus adding a solid groove to the dreamy but sinister vibe. woolfy (dfa/permanent vacation) yields a tasty club sandwich that bounces off the indie-disco-floor. finally, kaito (kompakt) delivers a constant ebb and flow in terms of technoid dreaminess.
this was the first in a series of songs which markus ‚fred‘ scholl has been writing and recording over two years prior to their releases. it is the start of an adventure which has him singing and playing all instruments except for the guitar, which is provided by eric schemer. the result is a mix between indie, dance and classic electro-pop. the production is by bernhard götz who also rearranged some of the titles, like the following good morning, sad, and the devil 2. movement is inspired by the sound of early new order, shoegazerbands of the early 90s, 80s synthpop and the infamous madchester sound.
the movement ep was the second release in emerald & doreen’s now vast catalogue and boasted superb remixes from the vault of new disco, like ilya santana, rayko and skatebård. the latter being prominent among tim sweeney’s top 20 in 2012.
hot on the heels of the movement-e.p., emerald & doreen records unleashes the second track from the same project: good morning differs from its successor as fred scholl doesn’t follow a stereotypical formula in his songwriting. this time, he marries the sinsister vibes of new wave with the gloomy atmosphere of trip hop nostalgia. an arabesque guitar theme makes way for lush string keyboards that hasn’t been heard since unfinished sympathy by some notorious bristolians. there’s a romantic touch to the melancholia which opens up when backing singer jay joins in. marius våreid’s early diet on 70s disco and 80s hip hop can be traced back in every track he has released so far. his brilliant musicianship is palpable also in the remix of good morning. although he keeps the time signature of the original, his version seems to shift gears by adding a pulsating bass line and a solid groove to the theme. in contrast to the heavy breathing of the rhythm, a light keyboard-layer is taking the listener to a higher plateau.
why another compilation-series if we have plenty of sources for the insatiable music spotter, let alone that presumably every second person seems to be a well-informed dj? well, emerald dreams surely is a collection of single tracks that you may want to add to your dj-set, but if you listen to the continuous mix, it rather tells a story of various characters and mood swings. the tunes have been selected to contribute to the talents of the artists, regardless of stylistic boundaries or difference in color. as selectors, go nogo a.k.a. eric schemer & fred scholl obviously love the english idea of mesh culture as well as they are suspicious of puristic boredom. This exposition also gives an idea about the wide range of styles which emerald dreams are made of. you may also consider this first selection as an introduction of some artists with whom emerald & doreen will work in the near future. enjoy this musical visiting card with dazzling tunes for daydreams.
although „you never dream the same dream twice“, there is still a chance of having perpetual dreams. emerald dreams are fairly new to the world of the subconsciousness, but despite their recency, they already have a sequel in emerald dreams II. scientists won’t doubt that this collection of dazzling sounds for daydreams is in any way inferior to the first sequence of noises from the world of electronic music. the go nogo test provides ample reference points in chill-waves, pulsating house-vibes, amalgams of 90s and 80s tinged pop and funky slaps from cosmic areas. whatever story you make up from what you hear, there’s room for interpretation. quotes from unmentioned celebrities testify that emerald dreams II will haunt you like an earwig. there’s hardly any cure from the recurring theme of elevation, but who wants to wake up when you are in dizzy heights? eric schemer and fred scholl who have explored the first and second part of emerald dreams wish you a pleasant flight.
„three is a magic number“ – and so is the magnificent third volume of emerald dreams a bewitching moment on your stereo. whereas volume I was a hotchpotch that contained strong elements in the new school of disco and volume II explored further into the realms of modern house music, volume III seems to be devoid of the club context… almost. again, it is a real go nogo-selection in styles. the choice of tunes ranges from low-fi Indietronic, meditative electronica and even a solo piano in the midst of all to slow disco and retro-futuristic electro vibes. but this time, the continuous mix, which is again provided by fred scholl, is ever more like driving in a car on some outlandish desert road with a magic radio constantly switching through the most amazing channels… eric schemer and fred scholl wish you a safe journey home!